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Old 08-16-2012
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Question Using a unidirectional electric windlass

So... We have our Bristol on the water and are learning the 'ropes'. We have gone from a very basic 22' to a significantly more complicated 38' so I'm afraid this is going to lead to a number of dumb questions.

The first is how do you deploy your anchor with a vertical windlass (Lewmar Anchorman 700) that just has an UP foot switch? The manual is brief and spectacularly unhelpful ('Use UP and DOWN buttons to operate the windlass').

It has a central clutch release and an-off-center manual winching socket so I am assuming you just release the clutch and let it go. Is this correct? If so, is the clutch progressive or just on/off? Are there any tricks to this I should know? We have a full chain rode.

Graham and Janaki
Bristol 38.8

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